Poem street talk jim perkinson 12-8-14


street talk

jim perkinson 12-8-14

hands up!
like an aerobic exercise
over the graveyard of america

hands up!
knowing where the bones are

convening ezekiel plots of skeletal moans
under the coffin covers
ready to riot into resurrection conflagration
inside the court of imperial condemnation
where all the air goes
when all the “i can’t breathe” shows
of power over dark souls
and stolen red soils
and disappeared john does
speaking “no goes” to blue-suited foes
of people hopes and hard core
“ain’t goin’ down without a fight” swing-lows
throw down a street flow of bodies
marching in hot rows of organized
shoot-backs with bullet-words of resolve
to un-solve the corporation solution
for neighborhoods of conniption
refusing their delegation to a homeless
situation or the cell-block of renegade
non-cooperators igniting a revolution
of conscience like a mumia in a philadelphia
dungeon bouncing grenades of truth
off prison walls into young suburban ears
while parents skyrocket in fear
at the leering grin of daughters suddenly
hip to the slaughter or sons reconnoitering
the supremacist logic with a heart tipping
towards a schematic of liberation led by
an mc like tef poe in st. louie
or will c at the crossing-of-the-strait city

this is a mike brown wake up
an eric garner take up of breath
like a spirit come back into the supine
limbs of a tamir rice rising like an army
of ice as cold hard in refusal of compromise
as a detroit momma pirating water from a
shut off meter in civil disobedience for her
granddaughter’s father locked into a dialysis
tube as fodder for big ag and big pharma profit

it is all a racket . . .
for the sake of a quick loan macking
of emergency management tactics serving
the lord of jacked up markets and climate

it is all a racket!

but beware—
when one too many bodies have been
smacked down
what comes back up on a mission of high-stakes
will not ask permission or care about the season

is there any reason at all to hope?
the answer may be “nope”
but that is no reason
not to rise up and speak and organize!

James W. Perkinson
Professor of Social Ethics,
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Special Lecturer in Communication Studies,
Oakland University
http://www.bgntvgospel.com, 4 minutes into show on 8-17-14


Poem read at Boggs Center Holiday party 12-13-2014


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